Mini John Cooper Works WRC
|Category||World Rally Car|
|Suspension (front)||MacPherson type|
|Suspension (rear)||MacPherson type|
|Length||4,110 mm (161.8 in)|
|Width||1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Engine||1.6 L BMW Motorsport I4 turbocharged|
|Transmission||Xtrac 6-speed sequential manual transmission Front and rear mechanical auto-locking differentials|
|Weight||1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)|
|Notable entrants||Mini WRC Team/Prodrive WRC Team
Brazil World Rally Team
WRC Team Mini Portugal
Lotos Team WRC
|Notable drivers|| Dani Sordo
|Debut||2011 Rally d'Italia Sardegna|
The Mini John Cooper Works WRC is a World Rally Car debuted by the Mini WRC Team during the 2011 World Rally Championship season. It is the first rally car to bear the Mini label in top-level rallying since the 1960s. The car was entered in a limited campaign for 2011, with a view to a complete championship from 2012 and is run by Prodrive, who previously had success with the Subaru Impreza WRC.
The WRC is based on the Mini Countryman and features a direct-injection 1.6 L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The WRC's engine was developed by BMW Motorsport for use in a variety of motorsport series, including the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The car finished 2nd in both the 2011 Rallye de France and the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally. The car won the 2012 Tour de Corse, driven by Dani Sordo. Luis Monzon won the 2013 Spanish Rally Championship. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari won the Qatar International Rally in 2012, and Václav Pech won the 2014 Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
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- 2013 Dakar Rally, a non-WRC event won by a vehicle based on the Mini Countryman
- Andros Trophy, a non-WRC event won by a vehicle based on the Mini Countryman
- 2013 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, a non-WRC event entered by a 900 bhp vehicle based on the Mini Countryman.
- WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship, a videogame which uses the car on the cover
- "The Oxford-built Mini makes World Rally come back". BBC News (BBC). 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- "Inside The Mini WRC". octanereport.com. 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
- Auto Express September 2010
- Mini WRC website
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